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What to do in Oklahoma on June 27, 2014: Check out insect art and the live bug petting zoo at H&8th Night Market

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: June 27, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: June 27, 2014
To create his "Lantern Fly #2" artist Bob Sober took 917 photos and assembled them. Photo provided.
To create his "Lantern Fly #2" artist Bob Sober took 917 photos and assembled them. Photo provided.

Today’s featured event:

Something wild is happening tonight at the monthly H&8th Night Market: Local artist Bob Sober, Oklahoma State University and The Nature Conservancy are joining forces for a larger-than-life exploration of some of nature’s most overlooked creatures: insects!

Giant insects will be on display in the Conservancy’s Nature in Art Series auction featuring art by Sober, and live bugs will be eager for attention at OSU’s insect petting zoo from 7 to 11 tonight at The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma , 408 NW 7, during the H&8th Night Market.

“Having lived 60 years under the perception the insects were pests best found on the bottom of my shoe, the discoveries were nothing less than shocking,” Sober said in a news release. “The beauty of these tiny creatures is, to say the least, unexpected.”

Through an in-depth technique called photo stacking, Sober is able to capture the unexpected beauty of these tiny creatures through an assembly of multiple photographs ranging from 30 to more than 2,000 images.

His beautiful bugs are available for auction online until 7 tonight. The auction will then continue in-person at H&8th from 7 to 11. Thirty percent of proceeds will go right back to nature by benefiting The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, according to the release.

If giant images of insects aren’t enough for you, be sure to crawl on over to the live bug petting zoo: See more than 25 species of living critters at OSU’s “Insect Adventure” exhibit. Bring your kids and let entomologist Andrine Shufran walk you through an exciting discovery of the insect world!

“Looking at insects through a magnified, artistic lens can quickly change the human perspective of them being ‘pests,’” said Mike Fuhr, State Director of The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, in the release. “We simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to share a hands-on, larger than life exploration of the amazing world of insects with H&8th attendees. Their vibrant colors, rich textures and intriguing patterns are a must see!”

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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